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Marathon training is quite the roller coaster: a roller coaster of events, of emotions, you name it, its a roller coaster. Last week was a very clear reminder of this, as it was filled with both highs and a very low low.
Monday, June 11th
I kicked off week 2 of marathon training with a very strong run. With it only in the mid-60s as well as being very cloudy when I set out for my run, I knew that it would be a great evening to push myself just a tad more during my run. I really wanted to negative split, and that’s exactly what I did. It was a reminder that if you want something badly enough that you just have to put your mind to it and make it happen. And that’s exactly what I did. After my 4.43 mile run I walked another half mile.
Tuesday, June 12th
After school I headed to the gym where I logged 35 minutes on the elliptical and then did 40 minutes of full body weight training.
Wednesday, June 13th
Wednesday wound up being an unplanned rest day. Little man had been up several times in the middle of the night (it turns out that he was getting sick), which made me tired just from that. By the time I got home from work I had a slight fever myself and was very achy. It was clear that my body was working hard to fight something off. I knew that I needed to listen to my body and rest instead of getting a workout in.
Listening to your body is so hard sometimes, especially when you’re not feeling well and know that you need to take an unplanned rest day 🤒
— Kathryn (@Dancing2Running) June 13, 2018
Thursday, June 14th
Since my husband had stayed home all day with a sick toddler, I decided to give my husband a break during my run and to run with the stroller. I haven’t been running consistently with the stroller recently, and this run was certainly a reminder of just how hard it is to run with it. My run was a slow and steady one, with extra walk intervals because of the extra weight from the stroller, but my husband appreciated the break, little man enjoyed his time outside, and I still got my run in. It was a win for all of us.
Friday, June 15th
I stayed home with my sick little man Friday morning, and then met my husband in the school parking lot to pass little man off so that I could attend my end of the school year faculty meeting and luncheon. I’m glad that I was able to attend and celebrate the end of the school year with my coworkers. The icing on the cake of the celebration was the certificate I received marking the end of my 10th year teaching, which has all been with the same school district.
Saturday, June 16th
Saturday during my long run was when I hit my low point of the week. I had seven miles on tap for my long run, and told myself that if I was feeling good that I would push myself to eight miles. Unfortunately I had to cut my run short though, as I tripped and fell at 5.13 miles. I landed face down on the sidewalk. Although my face didn’t hit the ground, my knees, hands, and right shoulder did. My shoulder wound up taking the brunt of the impact, and although I wanted to keep going I was in too much pain and was bleeding too much to do so. Thankfully, my husband was able to come pick me up since I was several miles from home. It was certainly a disappointing run, but I am thankful that this slight setback occurred early on in my marathon training. There’s still plenty of time between now and race day.
Sunday, June 17th
Sunday was all about celebrating Father’s Day, and we kicked off the day with a four mile family walk. After lunch we headed to a winery about 30 minutes from our house to celebrate the wonderful father that my husband is.
Total Weekly Mileage – 21.73 miles (1.38 miles more than week 1)
Total Chicago Marathon Mileage – 42.08 miles
QOTD: How do you mentally handle the roller coaster of marathon training?